Online Gambling Scammers Taken Down in Malaysia

Published Thursday, April 05, 2012 -

Back in 2010 Muslim anti-gambling campaigners staged a protest at the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia is approximately 61percent Islamic. Now less than two years later the police have cracked down on a Malaysian gambling ring based in the city of Kajang.

Abdul Rashid Abdul Wahab, police chief of the city said 137 individuals have been detained during raids on suspect gambling ring locations. Those arrested were mostly from China and Taiwan, only five of whom were Malaysian nationals. The ring bet on English football, staged Internet gambling, and carried out online scams on an international scale. Wahab, the inspector in charge commented to the AFP, "They were involved in football gambling, online gambling and in computer scam activities," The gang was busy with betting on the English Premier League and Internet scams that sought to obtain the credit card numbers of victims in China, Taiwan and Portugal. Police conducted the raid on five separate locations that were secured by closed circuit television, after receiving a tip from an anonymous source. "For sure we will demand harsh punishments," Abdul Rashid Wahab said.

Aseh Che Mat, Chairman of the Football Association of Malaysia's (FAM) transparency committee  praised the take down saying to the Bangkok Post "I praise the swift action by Malaysian police to wipe out this syndicate. Criminal syndicates must realise they cannot sustain their activities in Malaysia for long," Gambling on football is illegal in Malaysia as are most other types of gambling. Alex Soosay, Asian Football Confederation (AFC) General Secretary stated, "Gambling has been detrimental to the development of football in Asia," Malaysia has been plagued by concerns over match-fixing, especially in the wake of the suspension of 18 youth players and the banning of a coach for life for fixing matches by the Football Association’s transparency committee.

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